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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Kenneth Kennington Bratbury in Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph courtesy of Jim Grundy, facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
26 Aug 1899
Radford, Nottingham
Kenneth was the son of Joel Bratby and Emma Bratby nee Peet. According to the 1911 Census completed by Joel, he and Emma had been married for 17 years. However, the only record traced of a marriage between a Joel Bratby and an Emma Peet was in 1922 (J/A/S Nottingham). The 1901 Census was the first census in which Joel and Emma were recorded as living together; the census listed three sons, Herbert (16), Herrick (4) and Kenneth (1), all with the surname 'Bratby'. However, Herbert was listed on the 1891 Census as Herbert Peet, the son of Emma Peet (single), and when he joined the Army in 1902 he enlisted under the surname 'Peet' and described Joel Bratby as his stepfather. The record of Herbert's marriage in 1906 and the 1911 Census also gave his surname as 'Peet'. Notices of Herrick's death in the local paper in 1917 describe Herbert as Herrick's brother, but whether Herbert was a half-brother or 'full blood' has not been ascertained. Joel Bratby, was born in 1848 in Birmingham (birth registered J/A/S Aston, Warwickshire) but by 1891 was living in Nottingham as a boarder at 15 Bramcote Street, Radford, in the household of Kate Holmes, a widow. Joel (42) was a Leivers lace maker and continued in this trade for his whole working life. In the same census Herrick's mother, Emma Peet, was living at 5 Gladstone Street, Radford, in the household of her brother, George, a lace maker, and his family. Also in the household was George's six-year old nephew, Herbert Peet, who was Emma's son; Herbert was born in Nottingham in 1884 (birth registered A/M/J Nottingham). In 1901 Joel (52) and Emma (42), were living at 45 Bulmer Road, Radford, with Herbert (16), a coal miner ganger, Herrick Stanley (4) and Kenneth Kennington (1, b. 26 August 1899). Herbert, now a lace hand, joined the Army on a 12 year engagement (3 years with the Colours, 9 years in the Reserve) on 27 May 1902 when he was 18 years old (24391 RFA). He named Joel and Emma as his next of kin, giving their address as 45 Bulmer Road, Old Radford. After serving at home for three years Herbert transferred to the Reserve on 27 May 1905 and was discharged from the Army on 26 May 1914. By 1911 Joel (62) and Emma (52), a net mender, were living at 4 Ruskin Street, Radford, with their two sons, Herrick (14), who was an office boy for a telephone company, and Kenneth (11). According to the census Joel and Emma had had three children of whom only two were still living; it is possible that they had omitted Herbert as he was married and living independently. Herbert had married Edith Mary Daft at All Soul's church, Radford, on 25 December 1906 and by 1911 they were living at 76 Bloomsgrove Street, Radford. Herbert (26) was a lace maker and Edith (23) a jennier (lace). They had two sons, Herbert (4, b. 28 May 1907) and Thomas (2, b. 11 July 1909). Herbert, described as a Class 1 National Reservist, attested on 22 August 1914 in the Army Reserve (Special Reservists). He gave his occupation as factory/lace hand and his address as 47 Holden Street, Radford. Herbert transferred to the 1st Division RFRA (89871) and served in France from 14 September until 26 January 1917 after which he returned to the UK. He was discharged to the 60th Reserve Battery RFA in October 1917 as a result of a disability (synovitis right knee) and then demobilized on 9 January 1919. He was demobilized to 4 Ruskin Street, Radford, although an earlier address of 54 Mount Street, Nottingham, was given on his service record. Herrick joined the 1/7th (Robin Hood) Sherwood Foresters (265169 Private) and was killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, although his death was not confirmed until June the following year (Theipval Memorial). Joel Bratby died aged 82 in 1930 and was buried on 13 October 1930. His widow died at the age of 73 in 1932 and was buried on 30 November 1932. Herbert Peet died in 1939, buried 2 February 1939; he was 55 years old.
He served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve from April 1917.
03 Apr 1919
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2750364 - CWGC Website
R/6054
He was living in Radford when he enlisted.
Able Seaman
Drake Bn Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Kenneth served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (R/6054 Able Seaman) from 21 August 1917; he was drafted for the British Expeditionary Force (France) on 2 April 1918 and joined Drake Battalion Royal Naval Division on 8 April. He was gassed on 18 July 1918 and did not rejoin the Battalion until 23 August. He then suffered gunshot wounds to the back and chest, resulting in paraplegia, on 7 November 1918 and was evacuated to the UK on 4 December 1918. He died of his wounds in the British Red Cross Hospital, Netley, on 3 April 1919. He was buried with full military honours in Nottingham General Cemetery on 10 April 1919 (Allotment D. 90.5.6. 60 06057).
Nottingham Evening Post ‘In Memoriam’, Monday 1 July 1918: ‘Bratby Private HS Bratby, Sherwood Foresters, missing July 1st 1916, reported killed June 1917. From mother, father, Herbert and Kenneth in France.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 7th April 1919: 'BRATBY. - Kenneth Bratby, A.B., Drake Batt., R.N.D., died April 3rd, at Netley, of wounds received in action November 7th last, beloved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bratby, 4 Ruskin-street, Radford. Military funeral General Cemetery, Thursday, [10th April 1919] 1 o'clock.' Obituary courtesy of Jim Grundy, facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Nottingham Evening Post ‘In Memoriam’, Tuesday 1 July 1919: ‘Bratby. In loving memory of HS Bratby, 1/7 Sherwood, killed in action July 1st 1916, also KK Bratby, Drake Batt., RND died of wounds April 3rd 1919. Both sadly missed. Father, mother and brother Herbert and children’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) His brother Herrick is also named on the CWGC headstone marking Kenneth's grave in Nottingham General Cemetery: 'Also in memory of HS Bratby 1/7th Robin Hoods killed July 1st 1916'
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Kenneth Kennington Bratbury in Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph courtesy of Jim Grundy, facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Kenneth Kennington Bratby - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Kenneth Kennington Bratbury in Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph courtesy of Jim Grundy, facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918